It's once again time to apply for the Philip Meyer Award. Established in 2005, the award was created to honor Philip Meyer's pioneering efforts to utilize social science research methods to foster better journalism.
The contest recognizes stories that incorporate survey research, probabilities and other social science tools in creative ways that lead to journalism vital to the community. (To learn more, listen to "Precision Journalism: Where we've come from and where we're going," a panel discussion between Phil Meyer and Steve Doig on the history and future of precision journalism at the 2008 IRE Conference in Miami.)
Three awards are given annually:
Last year's winning entries exposed bureaucratic lapses that have hindered the search for causes of SIDS; uncovered the NHTSA's failure to consider non-deploying airbags as being a significant safety issue; and analyzed arrest and court data to reveal towns where blacks were being arrested in extraordinary numbers for minor offenses like loitering or jaywalking.
The postmark deadline for entering the contest is Saturday, October 31. Work submitted for consideration must have been published between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. A pdf of the entry is available to download from our website. For additional information, please refer to the Philip Meyer Award FAQ page.
Award winners will be honored at the 2010 CAR Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Philip Meyer Award is sponsored by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism; the Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University; and IRE.